Every community needs a meeting place. A hub where people can meet enjoy music, theatre or art. For Victoria’s largest municipality, the City of Casey with nearly 300,000 residents, it was the opportunity to create an inviting centre for the community that also celebrates the traditional owners of the land.
Bunjil Place opened its doors in October 2017, inspired by Bunjil the Eagle, and the meeting of paths – time-honoured stories from the traditional owners, the Wurundjeri, Bunurong and Boon Wurrung people.
Construction Builder Multiplex and architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) created the landmark building for the City of Casey. The interconnecting purposes of the building unify the complex, under the protective and sheltering wings of an iconic soaring roof.
”Bunjil Place is the first facility of its kind in Australia, bringing together creativity, entertainment and community. It was an opportunity to create a place for community participation, a sense of belonging and immense civic pride.” – Nazli Almasirad, National Specification Account Manager at Knauf.
The significant sized building covers 24,500m2 and is connected by two roof ‘eagle’ wings that give identity and unity to the diverse cultural and civic purposes of Bunjil Place. The architecture of the dynamic roof and interlocking timber grid-shell structure embraces new technology and innovation with timeless themes true to the unique nature of Bunjil Place.
With a stunning and sweeping exterior, FJMT specified a Knauf PERMAROCK® Cement Board Outdoor system that produces beautiful smooth facades and clean lines as well as being manufactured to the highest standards under strict quality control.
”Knauf PERMAROCK® Cement Board is a high performance exterior drylining system with a unique combination of economic, sustainability and performance advantages. Knauf PERMAROCK® Cement Board offered Bunjil Place a durable building material that provides a solid and dry foundation that is weatherproofed with a Sto Render System and can withstand Victoria’s contrasting climates,” says Nazli.
PERMAROCK® Cement Board was complemented by Sto, an approved render used on the PERMAROCK substrate. Sto, a world leader in the manufacturing of high quality exterior renders and coating systems, partnered with Knauf to ensure the perfect reinforcing render for Knauf PERMAROCK® construction that delivers a complete bespoke rendered facade solution.
”Built on German quality, a StoMiral Render System was specified for Bunjil Place, offering greater durability and flexibility over conventional cementitious plaster systems and is complimented by a diverse range of Stolit coloured finishing renders; providing Bunjil Place with a fibre reinforced, weather-tight, sustainable rendered PERMAROCK® facade” adds Brent Pointon, Victoria Sales Manager at Sto.
Bunjil Place was finished in Stolit Milano, a durable, impact-resistant synthetic finishing render that creates a smooth fine finish, such as the sanded Stolit Milano finish on Bunjil Place, or alternatively floated for a natural look to mirror concrete panel.
”PERMAROCK® Cement Board is noncombustible to meet strict Australian fire regulations and because it can be curved in as little as one metre bending radius, and expansion joints only required every 15 metres, it was a deciding requirement by FJMT in creating the seamless monolithic curved façade of the eagle wings,” says Nazli.
”This unique project required all companies involved to work closely together and is reflected in this fantastic community meeting place. PERMAROCK® Cement Board was delivered, implemented and rendered on time and ensured that Bunjil Place is a spectacular building putting Narre Warren on the map and is a place that everyone at the City of Casey can be proud of,” concludes Nazli.